Pakistan Cricket Board, on Monday declared that Azhar Ali will lead the side for the forthcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) tournament against West Indies, despite calls for his evacuation taking after a 4-1 series defeat against England prior this month.
Azhar Ali has been broadly condemned for his dull captaincy since assuming control from Misbah-ul-Haq, who resigned from the 50-over format after the World Cup a year ago. He has driven his nation to 15 losses in 25 matches, with nine wins and one no outcome. Pakistan have dropped to ninth postion in the ODI rankings.
Sarfraz Ahmed, who had been tipped to swap Azhar as the captain for the 50-over format, will lead the side in the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I), beginning in Dubai from Friday (September 23).
The T20I series will be trailed by three ODI matches, with Azhar as captain and the same number of Tests – all in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan have played a large portion of their home games since 2009 for security reasons.
Subhan Ahmed, PCB’s chief operating officer, said that a choice on whether to give Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal a goodbye match would be taken at a meeting on September 26. According to reports, PCB’s selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq wanted to give Afridi a swansong match, but the move was opposed by other officials.
Afridi ventured down as Pakistan’s T20 captain taking after their first-round way out in the World T20 held in India in April. He promised to proceed as a player, yet has not been picked since. Ajmal lost his place in the group in the wake of neglecting to make an impression with a rebuilt activity taking after a throwing suspension in 2014.
Ahmed also said that the PCB had not ruled out picking Salman Butt, one of three players punished for spot fixing in 2010, in future Pakistan squad.